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Women and Discrimination

            Social inequality affects many aspects of life and usually comes from the categorization based upon gender, race, and social status. Women have come a long way in the workforce, but women will not achieve true equality until the stereotype that men are better and more deserving than women goes away. In addition this will not be stopped, the Title IX laws are enforced completely. President Richard Nixon signed title IX into law in 1972, which states: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation on, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance (Buchanan 2012, p. 92). It is built into our culture to think that men deserve more than women do because they are more competitive in the workplace. Gender equity in the workforce is being reviewed as a serious problem and new ideas are coming to the front of the government's attention. The gender inequalities that women go through are the result of unclear laws and too little government enforcement of these laws. Gender discrimination is still occurring among women as years have gone by. Some still wonder why wage equity between genders is still an issue when the Equal Pay Act of 1963 is in place. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 requires equal pay for men and women who do the same work. Furthermore, gender discrimination does not only affect women's aspiration in the workforce, but also leads to inequality in sports especially at the collegiate level.
             Discrimination among women has been an issue ever since women started to work. Women in the past were recruited for occupations, such as librarians, because they could be paid less. This was because back in the day it was thought that men worked harder to support a family than women. As a result, women stayed home to clean and take care of the children. When women finally began to work, they were kept in low-level support and were prevented from advancing despite their qualification as well as were not paid appropriately in higher-level jobs (Michele 2008).

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